*********EDIT: Thanks to the commenters here on the page and also a DM on twitter, I have found out that this site has not yet been updated to work with Cataclysm, I apologize for not having seen this prior to posting. Also, this same site was featured in a 2009 RSS posting by Euripedes, so please note that at the moment this site is neither working for Cataclysm, nor is it updated past what Euripedes had posted upon previously.**************
Good Wednesday to all, and my apologies for the lateness of this RSS post. Last week I was quite zombied by the plague that is the cold/flu that is going around, and then I spent the weekend in the land that data connection forgot existed. It was perfectly lovely, thank you for asking.
On to the Spotlight!
During Wrath of the Lich King I found myself in a position I had not known throughout all of my days in WoW, starting from the very launch of the game, that being participating in progression raiding. Being one of only two Rogues on a 25 man raiding team in ICC afforded me a substantial loot pile to sort through. In combination with the ever-popular DPS simulation spreadsheets, I used a website called Elitist Armory to keep track of my gear, make certain I had everything gemmed properly, enchanted properly, etc. I did not use the suggestions of the site per say, but rather used it to more readily view the pieces and gems and enchantments in an easy to view layout.
Elitist Armory closed it’s doors shortly before the ending of Wrath.
I have now found it’s replacement for what I need now that I am properly gearing up for heroics and raids, as I know the greater part of the WoW population is now doing.
I have to claim a bit of ignorance on my part in never having researched be.imba prior to this week. I have heard of it before, I knew it existed, it was simply a service I never used, not for any fault of theres mind you. The site functions almost identically to Elitist Armory, but only better… because it’s still functioning (stating the obvious is obvious, right?).
The ability to see a full layout of gear and accessories without having to hover over individual pieces like one must in the official armory is far superior for getting down and dirty with a spreadsheet. And I do mean dirty. The official WoW Armory is of course sexier in look and layout, but that is what it is meant for, the sexy factor. be.imba.hu is simple, it has one purpose, put the information you need in front of you. That’s it.
Even if you feel you are not in need of a site or resource to layout your gear and gemming choices for easy reading and consolidation, you do. Especially now as the stat allocation system has so dramatically changed in Cataclysm, such that we are all scratching our head at times to know which is the best stat to stack or push to secondary.
Go to be.imba.hu and sign up for a forum account, use the Character Auditor, you can thank me later.
Go to this posting by Ceraphus over at Variant Avatar that guides one through using the Battle.net Armory for much the same purpose as what I was describing here. Thanks Ceraphus
Follow Rilandune at twitter.com/rilandune
Read his (currently nuked but coming back soon) blog – Heroically Random
||Twisted Nether is happy to welcome our second overseas guest in as many weeks. Riorial of Postcards from Azeroth joins us early in HIS morning this week. We talk about the fine art of taking screenshots at 1 fps and choosing character names that have good short versions. The news this week includes Ghostcrawler’s manifesto on why heroics are hard and Cataclysm sold how many copies in a month? A bunch of TNTCast posts and even some blogging links! Another edge of your chair TNB Episode is waiting for you!
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– Continue reading Episode 115 — Reflections of Rioriel –
by Beruthiel – Hello Everyone! I’d like you to join me in welcoming Tzufit of Tree Heals Go Woosh!
Tzufit is an admitted altoholic (hi, Tzufit), and started her WoW career back during The Burning Crusade playing with the the dark magic favored by warlocks. As Wrath of the Lich King approached, Tzufit found herself enchanted by Arthas’ ways and her soul turned to ice as she fought through Icecrown with the Ebon Blade. However, sometime between then and now she heard the call of Malfuion and Ysera and now studies in the way of the Grove. Although Tzufit is an avid roleplayer, she found that raiding – and more specifically healing – was her true calling. You can find Tzufit working hard to thwart Deathwing alongside her guild mates in the Council of Dragons.
Over at Tree Heals Go Woosh Tzufit focuses primarily on the ins and outs of Resto Druids, with the occasional tidbits on moonkin practices. You can find anything from a detailed analysis of resto druid weapons to tips for healing Magmaw and The Omnitron Defesne System (with more encounter tips on the way!). She even has a primer for new druids on when to use Tree of Life. What was that? You aren’t interested in druids, you say? Well, don’t worry! Tzufit is diverse and still has something for you! Check out her list of things that your healer wants you to stand in, or read her thoughts on how your life outside of WoW influences WoW. From time to time, you may also find an occasional guest post on the feral side of things from a feral druid very close to Tzufit (assuming that she bribes him with tasty fish, of course! Those darn cats don’t work for free!).
Outside of WoW, Tzufit is a bit of a druid in real life, managing a local, environmentally friendly, coffee shop while she finishes her masters in English Literature with a focus in Gender Studies. When you can’t find Tzufit in WoW, you will generally find her tucked away somewhere reading a book, or trekking out in search of finding something intriguing with her camera. Of course, if you don’t find her in either of those places, she may be having a spot of tea with Dr. Who.
Tzufit has left the gates running, and has provided some fantastic information and insights for the community. I don’t know about you, but I am certainly looking forward to her future installments!
Welcome to the Blogoshpere, Tzufit!
Every Tuesday, Beruthiel from Falling Leaves and Wings is bringing you the Welcome Wagon, introducing new bloggers and great reads. If you know of a new blog to the scene or wish to get your name out there, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org; with the subject line “Welcome Wagon.” She’ll do her best to highlight as many as possible!
After a few weeks break as we all recovered from the holidays, I welcome you all back to the Shared Topics write-up!
Because Blog Azeroth was so quiet lately, it took a couple of weeks and two separate Topics to gather enough posts for a compilation.
The first Topic was suggested by CasualRaider of the blog The Casual Raider about when the lights go out on a guild:
What happens when a guild shuts down? Sometimes no matter how hard you try to keep your guild together it collapses. What do you do after the fallout has cleared? This topic could be about several different aspects of guild dissolution(i.e. finding a new guild, rebuilding your current guild, maintaining friendships with players etc…)
Sharing their thoughts are:
Casual Raider from The Casual Raider
Nutella from The Templar’s Hammer
Rakhman from Way of the Druid
Corevin from WoW Am I Lost?
Windsoar from Jaded Alt
The second Topic was an idea from Squelchy of Blame Squelchy and involved writing an open letter to, well, anyone, really, as long as it has to do with WoW.
Write an open letter to some aspect of World of Warcraft: a character, a raid boss, a non-combat pet, a profession, the sky’s the limit. What would you want to say to them, whether in a personal note, or something published as a letter to the editor?
Squelchy from Blame Squelchy
Pndrev from Primetime Casual
Casual Raider from The Casual Raider
Talfrund from Expedition Azeroth
Fealen from Cow and Bones
Chuck from Lord of Assets
Rakhman from Way of the Druid
For the upcoming week, we have a Shared Topic encouraging us to share our opinion about the, um, amount, of levels in Cataclysm. Were 5 levels enough? Would you prefer 10? Blog about it and report back with a link to your post in the Blog Azeroth thread!
And after a loooong dry spell, we have a flurry of topics lined up for the next few week! Check out:
What causes an encounter to click?
You’re Given Reign over the Design of WoW. What do you do?
Huge thanks to Ringo Flinthammer and Naithin for their Topic ideas! But even though we have a lot of upcoming topics, more suggestions are still welcome. Have a topic you’d like to see others write about? Post it in the Shared Topics forum at Blog Azeroth.
||TNB is happy to welcome Rioriel of Postcards From Azeroth to the show this week. Another European guest, he’ll be staying up until the ‘wee’ hours of the morning to hang out. If you have any questions for him, please send them in or call our voicemail and we’ll make sure we get the answers! Also, don’t forget to join us in the live chat room!
- When is it?: This live show is scheduled for Saturday, January 15th at 8pm PT (11pm ET). Not sure what time that is for you? Use this handy-dandy time converter!
- Where do I go? To participate on the live show, you will need to go to the TNB Live Show page to connect with the stream. See, totally easy. If you are having issues then go to the Ustream page. Don’t forget to register/login to UStream so you can chat with us!
- Some general ground rules:
- Be nice. If you say very inappropriate things be aware you will be kicked from the room. We are doing this to have a great time, come with a beer, come during a raid, come how you wish, just don’t come to cause trouble.
- You may ask questions to the participants during the show, but we reserve the right to use them if and when we can. We will be monitoring the chat room and if we can we will use the comments during the show. We love that you are with us, but we will have to weave them in. Even if it isn’t asked, we all appreciate your questions!
Outside of that, we will love to have you join us and partake in an enlightening discussion that is sure to follow! Hope to see you there!